FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shoppers Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not!

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    In just seconds, the average person can determine if the food they’re buying contains dangerous substances.

    You see, as of 2004, the latest statistics available, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., responsible for over 654,000 deaths a year. Cancer is second, causing more than 550,000 deaths a year. According to the statistics, stroke is third, causing over 150,000 deaths a year. Diabetes causes nearly 73,000 deaths a year. 

    In a 2005 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Center for Disease Control estimates that 112,000 deaths a year are caused by obesity. Think about this: being just 20% over your ideal weight, you increase your risk of an early death. Let’s look at some real numbers here. If your ideal weight is 130 pounds, being just 26 pounds overweight can shorten your life! If your ideal weight is 180 pounds, 36 extra pounds can put you in an early grave. 

    If this scares you, it should! But the good news is that . . .

    All these causes of death and many others are preventable . . .

    Yes, Preventable. They are man-made diseases and can be eliminated with the proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

    In your great grandparents’ days, healthy eating was easy. Food was grown on nutrient rich soil without herbicides and pesticides. It was whole, natural and unprocessed. Meals, breads and desserts were cooked or baked in the home from scratch, not produced in a laboratory from chemicals not intended for human consumption. 

    Times have changed! 

    Today, most food comes in a box, bottle, bag or can. It’s had most of the nutrients processed out. A few synthetic chemical vitamins are added to make you think you’re getting some nutrition. Then it’s bleached, deodorized and preserved so it can sit on a grocery store shelf for three years and still taste fresh when you buy it. Frequently it contains a long list of chemical ingredients that you’d never find in your kitchen.

    How are you supposed to know whether it’s healthy or not?

    This is where knowing about food additive safety comes in. Food manufacturers are not going to tell you the truth about the additives they put in your food. Neither is the FDA. You have to get it from another reliable source you can trust.

     FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not gives you the facts . . . the real truth. It is THE reliable source you can trust. 

    This book reveals what food manufacturers don’t want you to know about their products. It shows you how to find the truth behind deceptive food packaging. You will learn how to confidently read labels so that you will know how healthy a food really is and if it contains dangerous ingredients. 

    This book classifies over 1,000 commonly used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions, and if they are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. In just seconds, the average person can determine if the food they’re buying contains dangerous substances. The book is clear, concise and easy to use and has chapters entitled: 

    • How the GRAS Status is Determined and Why You Should Be Concerned 
    • More Up-To-Date Information on Genetically Modified (GM) Foods
    • What the 4- and 5-Digit Codes on Produce Stickers Really Mean
    • Additives You Won’t Find on the Label 

    Pocket-sized paperback, 128 pages

    MSG Kills Your Brain Cells

    MSG is monosodium glutamate, a flavor-enhancer added to most processed food to make it taste good. It’s an excititoxin which crosses the blood-brain barrier and excites your brain cells to death. In infants and children, the blood-brain barrier is not fully developed, making MSG even more harmful to your young ones.

    It is a neurotoxin, i.e. it is toxic to your nervous system.

    Hidden Sources Of MSG D-glutamic acid is often referred to as processed free glutamic acid or free glutamate, and frequently lumped into the category of MSG. It is the D-glutamate that is in so many ingredients that are classified as hidden sources of MSG.

    Hidden MSG
    can be found in things like baby food and infant formula, protein bars, powder and drinks, most processed foods, the waxes on fresh fruits and vegetables, prescription and non-prescription drugs, nutritional supplements and more.

    Which of these ingredients that are hiding places for MSG are in the foods you eat?

    • Autolyzed yeast
    • Yeast extract
    • Yeast food
    • Hydrolyzed protein
    • Textured protein
    • Calcium caseinate
    • Sodium caseinate

    Do you eat foods with these ingredients that may be sources of hidden MSG?

    • Boullion
    • Broth
    • Carrageenan
    • Natural flavors
    • Protein concentrates
    • Protein isolates
    • Natural flavorings
    • Seasonings
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    Did you know there may even be MSG in products that say NO MSG or NO Added MSG on the label? You will only know for sure if you know ALL the ingredients that are the hiding places for MSG and you read the ingredients on the label.

    "Changed my life! About 1 year ago, I began having a lot of pain in my joints. After several doctors, I still did not have an explanation of why my joints hurt and why I was gaining weight even though I had always exercised and watched my diet.

    One doctor mentioned that red meat could trigger arthritis. I decided to find out more about nutrition and since I have a severe peanut allergy, I wanted to find out if any of the "safe" foods I was eating could contain peanuts. When I bought "Food Additives : A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not,” I was shocked to find out that many of the additives that I assumed were safe actually contained peanuts. 

    This book has become my "nutrition bible" I carry it with me wherever I go. Since using this book, I have been able to avoid many additives that could be harmful to me. Within 1 month, I was able to begin an exercise program again without pain and I actually lost the weight I had gained. Christine Hoza Farlow's book is very easy to use and small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. The material is straight-forward and lets you make quick choices that fit your nutritional needs whether you have allergies or simply want to avoid all the carcinogens that are popping up everywhere.

    I have several other books about food additives, but I still seem to go back to this one. If you're looking for a simple approach to understanding labels, A Shopper's Guide To What' s Safe & What's Not is definitely the book for you!"

    —Johanne Schwartz from Covina, CA


    "This little book should be in every food buyer's possession. I highly recommend it. Anyone who takes the responsibility of buying food ... should have this book as a guide. It gives the bottom line of what many of the common chemicals that are used in the processing of our foods do to our bodies. You don't have to be a PhD to understand what's spelled out so well in this pocket size book, you only have to have the courage to follow its inherent message and be well on your way to being healthy again."

    —Razel 


    "Excellent pocket size reference for food shopping! Provides valuable information to you when you need it, as it is small and portable. Helps when you're looking at boxes and cans and can't decipher what's actually inside."

    —A reader, San Diego, CA


    "Learn what's in the foods you eat while you shop for groceries. This handy guide goes right along with you."

    Jacqueline Oscar, TruthAboutCaffeine.com

    Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. is "The Ingredients Investigator." She has been investigating and researching the safety of ingredients used in food, cosmetics and personal care products since 1991. She is committed to finding the truth about these chemicals, many not adequately tested and used far too often, by manufacturers in products we put in and on our bodies. 


    Dr. Farlow's interest in the study of ingredient safety started with the "Healthy Eating" classes she held in her office. Each class included learning how to read and understand the ingredients on food labels. This led to the writing of her first book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not, first published in 1993, and now in its fifth revision, the 2007 Revised Edition.

    Her awareness of the importance of the ingredients in products used on the skin and the potential for harm from unsafe ingredients absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, led Dr. Farlow to writing her third book, DYING TO LOOK GOOD, now in its completely revised and expanded, second edition. It classifies over 1300 cosmetic ingredients according to safety and lists over 750 safe products and where you can buy them.

    In Latin, doctor means teacher. Dr. Farlow takes this seriously. She is dedicated to getting her message out and teaching people about how the choices we make about simple things like the food we eat and the products we use on our skin can have long-term detrimental effects on our health. Many of the diseases we see today, like cancer, heart disease and diabetes are related to our lifestyle choices. And we have control over the choices we make.

    The study of nutrition and holistic health has been a passion for Dr. Farlow since 1975. Before she ever earned the title of doctor, people were coming to her unsolicited and asking for her advice. It just seemed natural that the next step would be to become a doctor and make it her business to counsel patients in health and nutrition.

    Dr. Farlow is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Nutrition. She practices chiropractic and nutritional counseling at her office in Escondido, CA, and also does telephone consultations.

    Dr. Farlow is a veteran at teaching people how to make healthy choices about what they put in and on their body. She has been counseling patients since 1984 and has helped thousands of people improve their health through chiropractic, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

    You too can benefit from Dr. Farlow's extensive knowledge and experience. Schedule a FREE 15 minute Consultation to discuss your personal health and wellness needs with Dr. Farlow. She will let you know if she can help you or where you should go to find help.

    Dr. Farlow is the author of three health and nutrition books:

    • FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not
    • HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It
    • DYING TO LOOK GOOD: The Disturbing Truth About What's Really in Your Cosmetics, Toiletries and Personal Care Products... And What You Can Do About It

    Her books evolved out of her teaching and her nutritional counseling. These were the tools she found that people needed most to get started toward eating healthfully, making healthy eating a lifetime habit and developing an overall health consciousness.

    These books are a "must have" if you want to take charge of your health without investing a lot of time doing it. They are written in a practical, easy-to-use format so that you can start benefiting from the information in the books within minutes of first opening them.

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